The Bazooka Is The Most Feminine of Weapons

The Happy Feminist debunks seven bad arguments against allowing women in combat.

Amanda of Pandagon points out, the issue is already moot because American women are serving in a war that's one big potential combat zone.

Those who oppose women in combat often claim that we can't afford a risky experiment like integration.

In fact, the experiments have already been done. In World War II alone, hundreds of thousands of women served in combat.

In Britain, thousands of women served on artillery teams that shot down Luftwaffe planes. Women made up 8% of the Russian Army. Up to 150,000 Russian women were decorated in the war, including 91 who recieved the highest honor, The Hero of the Soviet Union.

Even the Germans reluctantly relaxed their policies:


In one such area, a 22 year old Pomeranian woman, "Erna" was awarded the Iron Cross (second class) when she, together with a male sergeant and private had destroyed three tanks with bazookas. Indeed, the German propaganda suggested that the bazooka was the most feminine of weapons.
It is a testament to the enduring sexism of American society that the role of women in combat is an issue.

[Pandagon, The Happy Feminist]

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